Snowmageddon: the View from My Porch

I’m not gonna lie. I didn’t venture very far from home during this weekend’s storm. I know some people love to frolic in the fresh-fallen snow, but I am, alas, not one of them. Save a trip to Safeway on Saturday morning, I didn’t venture out again until dinner tonight. And so, my updates come from no farther than my back porch.

Saturday, 5:30 am: I took this through my bedroom window, shortly after being awakened by by neigbor's pre-dawn snowblowing, and moments before I went back to sleep for several hours.
Saturday, 10 am: Morning, take two. No sign the snow will be letting up any time in the foreseeable future.
Saturday, c. 1:30 pm: The tragic vestiges of my porch garden had been turned almost entirely into a snowbank.
Satruday, 9:00 pm: And once it had been snowing for 24 hours straight, my plants had vanished almost entirely.
Sunday, 10:00 pm: Here's the thing about snow in DC... It goes, well, not as quickly as it comes, but almost. As of tonight my porch has already seen some fairly significant melting.

What’s the best part about the storm, you may ask? It’s that the federal government is closed tomorrow, which means that I don’t have to go to work. I’m not a govvie, of course, but many nonprofits in the area — including mine — follow the lead of the big guy in town when it comes to these things. So, yippee! A grown-up snow day!

Here’s a funny thing, though. Even though the government has already declared itself closed tomorrow, Congress is still plugging away. On the way home from dinner tonight, we noticed the tell-tale light in the cupola that indicates they’re still in session. It’s probably impossible to see in this picture, but believe me, it’s there.

Congress is still hard at work on this snowy night.

7 thoughts on “Snowmageddon: the View from My Porch

  1. Susan December 21, 2009 / 7:15 am

    So far we just have a 2 hour delay. I can’t believe I’m writing this, but I hope it stands. We have Christmas gifts to make this week…I procrastinated and we only have 2 1/2 days of school this week to get stuff done.
    Love the pictures out the window…and still love the snow falling over them 🙂
    Enjoy your snow day!!

  2. common loon December 21, 2009 / 7:48 am

    I like watching the snow just get deeper on your porch. We went out yesterday to frolic for you in some fresh stuff that fell. Now, off with you to get your list checked off 🙂

    Good luck with that snow day, Sue!

    Please keep your fingers crossed that we get dumped on this Friday. We’ll be white, regardless, but what fun that would be!

  3. Mom December 21, 2009 / 10:09 am

    Watching the snow accumulation progression sure has been fun! Once every lifetime, it cab be!!

    @ Loon. Hope you get your wish ‘cuz that means it won’t get to the east coast until S/S, by which time some of us will be in Houston & another enroute to Cairo 🙂

    The Weather God is going to have a busy time keeping everybody happy!!

  4. Hillary December 21, 2009 / 4:13 pm

    Great pictures. it was so much fun watching the snow pile up and hide stuff. I hope you enjoyed your snow day. Sadly my firm doesn’t follow the government. 😦

  5. Heidi December 22, 2009 / 7:57 am

    “I know some people love to frolic in the fresh-fallen snow, but I am, alas, not one of them.” says the woman who once had a dream of making snow angels on the capital lawn… thus dragged (okay, so maybe not dragged — I am one of the happy frolic-ers) her then roommate out through the ~foot of snow with a camera to obtain evidence of the act…

    You can stop flaunting all your snow now. We got nothing — not even enough for one snowball. 🙂

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